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Cruz sounds tepid on McConnell; Cornyn calls for party unity
Dallas Morning News ^ | 5/22/14 | Todd J. Gillman

Posted on 05/22/2014 1:03:58 PM PDT by jimbo123

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had vowed to crush the tea party in this spring’s primaries. His decisive win on Tuesday over a tea party challenger in Kentucky’s GOP primary has fueled plenty of establishment-over-tea party stories.

Let’s just say the war ain’t over.

“After the primary is over, it’s really the responsibility of everyone who wants to see a change in Washington, D.C., come November to support our candidates,” said Texas Sen. John Cornyn, McConnell’s deputy GOP Senate leader, who survived a much more tepid tea party onslaught in his own primary in early March.

Cornyn singled out Kentucky’s junior senator, tea party darling and 2016 presidential hopeful Rand Paul, for pitching in with McConnell’s reelection effort.

“Rand Paul has done an admirable job of trying to bring the party together,” Cornyn said.

No mention of Sen. Ted Cruz. Texas’ other senator, like Paul, is a tea party freshman with White House ambitions. But unlike Paul, Cruz has been quietly at war with the party’s establishment. He steered clear of the Kentucky primary. So he can’t be accused of directly trying to undermine McConnell. But his post-primary comments left plenty of room for interpretation.

In carefully crafted terms, Cruz issued a statement congratulating McConnell, implicitly expressing support for him in his even tougher fight, against Kentucky’s Democratic Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes.

But read it carefully. Cruz isn’t vowing to support him for another term as Senate GOP leader:

(Excerpt) Read more at trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com ...


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1 posted on 05/22/2014 1:03:58 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Somehow I don’t think crowing about “crushing” the tea party is going to win over very many conservatives in November. Who came up with that strategy?


2 posted on 05/22/2014 1:11:26 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: jimbo123
Cornyn, discussing the McConnell primary’s implications earlier today on a semi-regular call with Texas reporters, called such primaries “an intra-family fight.” Once voters settle it, he hopes to see all elements of the party rally behind a nominee.

Translation: You trouble-making conservatives get back in the basement where you belong and let us govern as we see fit.

3 posted on 05/22/2014 1:11:45 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood.)
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To: jimbo123; Menehune56; Jagdgewehr

Remember: This newspaper is to the left of the Manchester Guardian, much less USA Today, the New York Times and Washington Post.


4 posted on 05/22/2014 1:17:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Menehune56

You are right. These dopes just think the same conservatives they are
trashing and bragging about crushing are just going to turn the other
cheek and crawl over glass to vote for them.
Maybe they know there are a lot of conservative suckers.

However, I am not one of them.


5 posted on 05/22/2014 1:19:42 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: jimbo123

Politics is the art of the possible, and you can’t pick every hill to die upon...that is the essence of it, right?

I agree.


6 posted on 05/22/2014 1:22:11 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: jimbo123

Cornyn can take his party unity and shove it up his....


7 posted on 05/22/2014 1:25:28 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: jimbo123

Mitch McConnell spent 13 million in a primary, was he worried? With that much money, McConnell could of purchased round the clock ads on every TV station in Kentucky.


8 posted on 05/22/2014 1:34:16 PM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: jimbo123

You can’t fall on your sword everyday. We all knew Mitch would win that primary. We are not having all that much luck in GA.


9 posted on 05/22/2014 1:35:35 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: 2001convSVT
Ted Cruz has a right to be tepid about Mitch McConnell. Mitch McConnell is tepid about conservatism.

He better do some quick fence mending if he wants conservatives to vote for him, because liberals sure won't. He could start by stepping down as minority leader "in order to better serve his constituents in Kentucky" or whatever other excuse which he wishes to come up with.

10 posted on 05/22/2014 1:40:15 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: jimbo123

McConnell would rather work with Democrats to crush the Tea Party than work with the Tea Party to crush the Democrats


11 posted on 05/22/2014 1:40:54 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Vigilanteman

They didn’t wamt “Unity” in the primaries.

McConnell launched a full scale war on the TEA Party and now wants “Unity”??

No WAY


12 posted on 05/22/2014 1:41:12 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: jimbo123

(“After the primary is over, it’s really the responsibility of everyone who wants to see a change in Washington, D.C., come November to support our candidates,” said Texas Sen. John Cornyn, McConnell’s deputy GOP Senate leader}

ONLY if your candidate actually means a change in Washington.
I will not vote for any RINO’s. You either run decent conservative candidates or you can KMA...........


13 posted on 05/22/2014 1:43:10 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (I am an American - Not a Republican or a Democrat.)
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To: GeronL

after the next election McConnell should be removed from any leadership position or maybe McConnell is a closet Democrat


14 posted on 05/22/2014 1:43:32 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: molson209

Indeed. Sums it up rather succinctly.


15 posted on 05/22/2014 1:46:28 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood.)
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To: Menehune56
Somehow I don’t think crowing about “crushing” the tea party is going to win over very many conservatives in November. Who came up with that strategy?

They want to try and attract single women. The GOPe will not fight abortion, homosexual marriage, obamacare, or any nanny state program that exists to "guarantee a good life". They want single women to vote for them.

I think they believe conservatives will always vote for them because we have no place else to go. For me, unless it's a conservative on the ballot I'm not voting.

16 posted on 05/22/2014 1:48:10 PM PDT by wmfights
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To: molson209

McConnell won’t win his election, so there will be a new leader.
Why would any conservative in KY vote for someone who trashed
them and then bragged about crushing them?
Payback is going to be a bitch for McConnell.


17 posted on 05/22/2014 1:52:20 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: Vigilanteman
Yes, Mitch McConnell should step down, but if Ted Cruz can get his own Conservative version of the gang of 6, with Lee, Paul, Rubio and Sasse (plus who ever want to be on the right side of history), they could be quite effective in a slim republican controlled Senate.
18 posted on 05/22/2014 1:58:36 PM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: molson209

both I hope


19 posted on 05/22/2014 1:58:57 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: jimbo123
“After the primary is over, it’s really the responsibility of everyone who wants to see a change in Washington, D.C., come November to support our candidates,” said Texas Sen. John Cornyn...

How can we expect change when we keep sending the same buffoons to Washington?

20 posted on 05/22/2014 2:08:47 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: jimbo123
Cornyn singled out Kentucky’s junior senator, tea party darling and 2016 presidential hopeful Rand Paul, for pitching in with McConnell’s reelection effort.

“Rand Paul has done an admirable job of trying to bring the party together,” Cornyn said.

No mention of Sen. Ted Cruz. Texas’ other senator, like Paul, is a tea party freshman with White House ambitions. But unlike Paul, Cruz has been quietly at war with the party’s establishment.

They sure got that right, the GOPe knows who is theirs, and who isn't.

21 posted on 05/22/2014 2:40:19 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: tennmountainman

25% of Bevin supporters said that they would not vote for Mitch in November. Bob


22 posted on 05/22/2014 2:55:10 PM PDT by alstewartfan (She wanders down the hallway in her long black dress Lingers by the fireplace like a faint caress Al)
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23 posted on 05/22/2014 3:00:02 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: jimbo123

Maybe a lot of conservatives will vote against McConnell either by staying home or voting dimorat


24 posted on 05/22/2014 3:06:17 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: alstewartfan
25% of Bevin supporters said that they would not vote for Mitch in November. Bob

The other 75% chose not to tell the truth.

25 posted on 05/22/2014 3:07:11 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: jimbo123; All

“Rand Paul has done an admirable job of trying to bring the party together,” Cornyn said.
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Rand Paul is a political whore. He will never get a vote from me.


26 posted on 05/22/2014 4:07:56 PM PDT by Din Maker
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To: Menehune56

Somehow I don’t think crowing about “crushing” the tea party is going to win over very many conservatives in November. Who came up with that strategy?
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I’m thinking that many of the 36% who voted for Bevin and against McConnell will set out the General Election in November or vote for Grimes.


27 posted on 05/22/2014 4:10:44 PM PDT by Din Maker
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To: Night Hides Not; All

That 25% of Bevin voters who said they will not vote for Mitch in November could be just enough to cause him to lose the General Election. I won’t shed any tears if that happens.


28 posted on 05/22/2014 4:13:24 PM PDT by Din Maker
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To: jimbo123
John Cornyn is a snake in the grass. He's gets a lot of flak on his Facebook page...stuff you would see on FR. He is becoming less popular and people are beginning to notice he's a hypocrite.

He's RiNO GOPe.

29 posted on 05/22/2014 4:18:37 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Din Maker

If that happens, McConnell’s turkey is cooked and he will be applying
for a job at Trent Lott’s Lobbying Firm in the very near future.

I estimated that it would only take about 10-12% of conservatives
staying home to cook his goose.

If the polls show The Gobbler behind in the polls 2-4 weeks before
elections, the GOPe’s in DC will force The Gobbler to announce he
will not seek re-election to his leaderless post, in an effort to save the seat.


30 posted on 05/22/2014 4:21:40 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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